Our Reading Lives

Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.

FROG AND TOAD Knew I Was Gay Before I Did

I don’t believe I “knew” I was gay until I was a teenager. I didn’t have the language. Except maybe…

1 week ago

Finding Home in a New City Through History and Urban Fantasy

On learning to appreciate the complexity of London as a newcomer through urban fantasy and history books.

3 weeks ago

How Books About Books Get Me Out of Reading Slumps

The appeal of books about books goes beyond the obvious love for literature. One writer explores what how meaningful they…

3 weeks ago

The Not So Fun Side Of Being A Book’s First Reader

Getting advanced copies of books and audiobooks as a book reviewer is the dream for many readers, but it does…

3 weeks ago

What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Reading Self

One reader on learning how to love books, even after a childhood and adolescence of avoiding them.

4 weeks ago

Do My Old Favorites Still Hold Up?

There is just something so comforting about sinking back into a familiar world, but do books read in years past…

4 weeks ago

Remembering Reading to My Brother

My brother asked me to read to him in his final days like back when we were kids. I hope…

1 month ago

​Tarot Cards as a Writer’s Tool

Tarot cards can be a great source of inspiration for creatives, as these writers who use tarot to guide their…

1 month ago

I Needed Phonics to Learn to Read. Other Kids Do Too.

I struggled to learn to read until I began receiving more phonics instruction in school, and I'm not alone.

1 month ago

How Dungeons and Dragons Got Me Through a Time I Felt Completely Helpless

One Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master speaks on the ways the game has enriched their life and gotten them through…

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